Meet Our Leadership

Director

Terri Lane

Director

Terri Lane

Terri joined Arkansas Wildlife Federation (AWF) as its chief executive officer in July of 2022. Her career in conservation and nonprofit leadership spans over 20 years.

Before coming to AWF, Terri was the Executive Director of the Northwest Arkansas Land Trust (NWALT) for 10 years. In that role, she led NWALT to become the first accredited land trust in the state, permanently protecting over 6,000 acres of land across 40 properties, and served in national leadership and conservation advocacy roles within the land trust movement.

She has served on various local, state, and national boards and councils, always with a core passion for the protection of wildlife. Terri was raised on a small farm in Fayetteville, Arkansas and is a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a degree in Environmental Sciences. She lives in Fayetteville with her husband, a local attorney, and their two teenage daughters.

Board President

Trey Buckner

Entrepreneur Charles (Trey) Buckner lives in White Hall, Arkansas. He has been an Arkansas Wildlife Federation (AWF) board member since 2015.

Trey invests in his community through mentoring youth and promoting socially conscious outdoor activities in the state he loves.

A graduate of the University of Arkansas with a BSBA in real estate and finance, Trey has also served as a board member for the Deans Advisory Committee of the Walton College of Business.

Board President

Trey Buckner

Arkansas Wildlife Federation Board Member
Board Vice-President

Amanda Brogdan

Leadership at Arkansas Wildlife Federation
Board Vice-President

Amanda Brogdan

Amanda was born and raised in Cleburne County near beautiful Greers Ferry Lake and the Little Red River. She lives in Heber Springs, Arkansas.

Amanda is a teacher by profession and shares her love of the outdoors with kids in her community through enrichment programs that include art, writing, fishing, and hands-on science experiments. Her goal is to teach kids to enjoy all the beauty our state has to offer while preserving it for future generations to come.

Board Treasurer

Jim Taylor

Jim Taylor lives in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. He is a public land advocate, bowhunter, and Arkansas Wildlife Federation (AWF) board member since 2015.

Hunters can follow Jim’s thoughts on conservation, public lands, and bowhunting in the AWF’s Arkansas Out of Doors as well as his blog at http://www.BowhunterChronicles.com/

Board Treasurer

Jim Taylor​

Public Land Advocate | Arkansas Wildlife Federation
Board Secretary

Steve Filipek​

Editor for AWF’s Arkansas Out of Doors Magazine
Board Secretary

Steve Filipek

Steve Filipek is the Board Contributing Editor for AWF’s Arkansas Out of Doors magazine and served for many years as the Southwest Arkansas Regional Director for AWF. Prior to his volunteering with AWF, Steve retired as a fisheries biologist with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission after 35 years.  His expertise includes stream ecology/management, instream flow determination, reservoir fisheries management, stream remediation, and stream team organization and supervision. Steve has been a long time member of the American Fisheries Society (AFS), serving as it’s Southern Division President, Fisheries Management Section President, Warmwater Streams Committee Chairman, and is the co-founder/President of the AR Chapter of the AFS as well as serving in other AFS positions. Steve is married to an outdoorswoman, and they have been blessed with two sharp, productive, and outdoorsy sons. He was raised the last of six children by two incredible parents and enjoys time with his close knit family.

Ex Officio

Chris Colclasure

Chris Colclasure is the Director of the Natural Resources Division of the Arkansas Department of Agriculture, a position he has held since September 2021. Chris guides the agency as they conserve and manage the states land and water resources. Previously, Chris served as a Deputy Director at the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission for five years, supervising most of the major agency divisions during his tenure. He also spent 14 years at the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, serving three years as the agency director, and two years at the Arkansas Soil and Water Conservation Commission. Over Chris’ 23 years with the state of Arkansas, he has worked to conserve natural resources and improve fish and wildlife populations through collaboration and partnerships. He currently serves as a commissioner on the Pollution Control and Ecology Commission, Arkansas Water Well Construction Commission, and the multi-state Arkansas River Compact Commission. Chris spends his free time with family and friends enjoying the excellent hunting, fishing, hiking, and other outdoor recreation opportunities available in The Natural State.

Ex Officio

Chris Colclasure

Conserve State Land and Water Resources | AWF
Board Member

Clint Coleman

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission | Community Fishing Events
Board Member

Clint Coleman

Clinton (Clint) Le’Roy Coleman is the Assistant Coordinator of the Family and Community Fishing
Program at the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC). He has worked at the AGFC for 34 years, including 18 years at the Andrew Hulsey Fish Hatchery in Hot Springs, AR, and 16 years in his current position. Clint helped create the award winning program that provides inclusive fishing opportunities for anglers in community ponds statewide utilizing bass, bream, catfish, and trout to encourage outdoor fishing activities. The program also incorporates a BB gun range, archery range, canoeing, and kayaking. Through statewide partnerships, these events also provide food, health screenings, and family fun, encouraging all members of the community to enjoy time in the out of doors. Clint is a lifelong resident of Hot Springs, Arkansas where he lives with his wife of 39 years, Janice. When he isn’t leading community fishing events across the state, Clint enjoys being active in his church, playing music, and spending time with family and friends.

Board Member

Dustin Lynch

Dustin Lynch is the aquatic ecologist for the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission. He holds a PhD in biological sciences from the University of Arkansas and a master’s degree in zoology from Oklahoma State University. Dustin conducts surveys for rare and imperiled species across the state, while working with state and federal agencies, universities, and other partners on numerous research projects. He also develops conservation status ranks to prioritize conservation actions to protect rare species and natural communities in Arkansas. Dustin has published scientific articles on many subjects, including hydrology- biology response relationships, the effects of drought on aquatic communities, occupancy modeling of rare fish species, the effects of urbanization on aquatic assemblages, the role of land conservation in protection of watersheds, and other topics relating to biology and conservation. He has also published a number of popular science articles on a variety of topics related to Arkansas’ wildlife. Dustin has worked with many taxonomic groups, including fish, crayfish, mussels, aquatic insects, reptiles, amphibians, and birds. He conducts a wide variety of outreach, including lectures, seminars, workshops, outdoor events, social media posts, and media appearances. Dustin serves on graduate committees for students conducting aquatic research at several universities. His research interests include community ecology, stream ecology, phylogenetics, natural history collection management, and conservation biology. He is an avid birder, stream snorkeler, and photographer.

Board Member

Dustin Lynch

Aquatic Ecologist for the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission

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